Estelle began taking an interest in her garden, after many years working in apparel manufacturing, when she realized that on some level, the same principles of good design could transform a landscape. She started taking classes at the Landscape Institute in 2002, and began to fast track her career by working weekends at a nursery doing plant sales and design. After taking Design I, Drafting and Construction Methods and Design II, she put together a portfolio of work and got a job at Weston Nurseries. Her portfolio, plus the work she did at Weston, allowed her to leave the apparel industry and work full time as a landscape designer. Today, she is the owner of Garden Mates, LLC, a landscape design/build company that she describes as "challenging and rewarding."